Category: Politics

24. April 2020

20th / 21st century | Economy

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Switzerland on the high seas

by Jean-Luc Rickenbacher

Switzerland is a seafaring nation. Supply shortages during two world wars ‘drove’ the Swiss onto the open sea.

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22. April 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Showdown at the Simplon

by Raphael Rues

On 22 April 1945 Italian partisans, together with the Swiss secret service, foiled a plot to blow up the Simplon Tunnel. The German Wehrmacht had planned to destroy it.

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17. April 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Dried peas instead of gold bars

by Gabriel Heim

Shortly before the war ended, the Nazis managed to spirit away a hoard of gold they had stashed in Bern. The trail of all this precious metal goes cold in the basement of the German embassy.

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15. April 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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German prisoners of war in Switzerland

by Christophe Vuilleumier

After World War II, many German prisoners of war escaped to, and through, Switzerland. Swiss authorities responded in different ways: some of these fugitives were deported, while others were interned.

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8. April 2020

20th / 21st century | Politics

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Protected moorland instead of military training ground

by Aaron Estermann

In the 1980s, there was a pitched battle in Rothenthurm to save an area of moorland. This ultimately resulted in the adoption of a constitutional article on nature preservation.

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